Minority Chef Summit

(Photo by Matt Karp) This year marks the first year of the multi-day Minority Chef Summit in Nassau, Bahamas. The event was founded by Erika Davis, the former creative director of Graycliff Chocolatier in Nassau, and benefits the College of the Bahamas. The three-day summit offers panels, cooking demos, and seminars with top chefs from around the U.S.

Davis, whom you may recognize from "Top Chef Just Desserts," chose Nassau as the destination of the summit after living there and working closely with the culinary students at the College of the Bahamas. Recognizing the need to support those students, as well as minority chefs of the Bahamas and beyond, Davis says, “This is a unique opportunity to come together, recognizing not only our individual craft, but the true excellence of our culinary community."

The event kicks off with breakfast and a speech from keynote speaker Jeff Henderson. Davis says, "Jeff believes in people who need a second chance at making a better life as he himself was given a second chance via the culinary world. Year after year, he works tirelessly, inspiring young culinarians who also need a second chance."

Henderson discovered his love for cooking while incarcerated and followed his passion to great success, becoming the first African-American executive chef first at Caesar's Palace, then at Cafe Bellagio. Henderson also wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove," and starred in "The Chef Jeff Project" on Food Network and "Family Style with Chef Jeff."

The summit also includes a three-day culinary marketplace that showcases Bahamian- and U.S.-based vendors, a performance by Bahamian street parade band, mixology how-tos, a hands-on pastry-making class, wine-and-cheese pairings, and a chef competition where chefs are challenged to create a four-course dinner in an hour from limited ingredients.

The Minority Chef Summit also provides food for thought, with panels and seminars discussing topics such as ethnic cuisines, how to connect with local farmers, and the history of Gullah cuisine.

The Minority Chef Summit runs from May 1 – May 4, and tickets are $299 or $99 for students. Click here to learn more about the summit and how to purchase tickets.

Introducing Red Rooster's Midnight Brunch

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Need a place for late night eats in Harlem? How about yaki skewers, a bowl of ramen or a fried pork sandwich from our Midnight Brunch menu? Red Rooster keeps the party going and the champagne flowing until the wee hours of the night. Make reservations to secure your spot by the DJ!

Call the reservation line at 212.792.9001

Check out the menu here


Weekend Warrior: Free Music, Movies, and a Lot of Ice Cream

Who can resist that? Photo: jasonlam TGIF, and now what? Here's a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

All weekend

Restaurant Week continues! Get special dinner menus for $38 and lunch for $25 in restaurants all over the city.

Yes, I'll take a pop-up artisanal food market open Friday through Sunday! Check it out: the Super(Duper)Market hosted by Paper Mag.

Last year's Super Duper Market at Chelsea Market. This year's will be held on Mulberry and Prince.

Friday, 8/2

Don't have HBO? Free Fridays at the Film Society of Lincoln Center will show HBO films (including Behind the Candelabra, Too Big to Fail, and Game Change). And again, for free!

The 35th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performance Series at Prospect Park's Bandshell features Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon and The Stepkids today.

Outdoor movies: Conte D'ÉtéHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneMadagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedNorth of South, West of East, and Young Frankenstein

Saturday, 8/3

It's an Ice Cream Bonanza at The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg this weekend! Don't miss it before it melts.

From noon to four, check out Village Pourhouse's Beertopia. Admission includes beer samples, a pint of beer, and appetizers.

In its first installment, Summer Streets will close down seven miles of New York's normally-traffic-heavy terrain, and transform it into a pedestrian-friendly zoo of food, activities, and art.

Outdoor movies: The Muppets

Sunday, 8/4

The Studio Museum Harlem offers Target Free Sundays this month with family-friendly programming.

At 3pm, Fulton Stall Market brings in local indie bands to perform in their Sound Bites series.

Starting this sunday, the third annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival will feature Brooklyn-centric indie films.

Outdoor movies: Pretty in Pink, and The Warriors

Happy weekend!

Weekend Warrior: Block Parties and Art

Rain Room TGIF, and now what? Here’s a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

All weekend

Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival kicks off this weekend. Check out the schedule online.

On Saturday and Sunday, New York gets a lot more articulate with the New York City Poetry Festival.

Escaping to the Hamptons this weekend? Check out Turtle Shell Health's Masters of Health and Wellness conference.

It'll be a lively time at BAM's Animation Block Party, with animated films playing all weekend (with some family-friendly ones too).


Photographer Michael July's book Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair will launch with a photo exhibition, free wine and beer, music, and a signing at the Powerhouse Arena this weekend.

Outdoor movies: Iron Man 2, Star Trek, U, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?



From 10 to 7, check out local food and beer from more than 20 microbreweries in Williamsburg at the New York State Food and Beer Expo.

Celebrate hipster-life at the Bushwick Block Party this Saturday with Roberta's, beer, and denim cutoffs.

Tasting Table's Sous Chef Series reprises this weekend at Williams-Sonoma with Chef Anup Joshi of Tertulia. Learn how to make his slow-roasted tomatoes at 11a.m. in the Columbus Circle store.

Outdoor movies: Brave and Working Girl


This Sunday is the first day of Harlem Week (not to mention the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation), with 'A Great Day in Harlem' lasting from noon to 8:30p.m.

It's the last day of the Rain Room at MoMA! (And it's staying open late so you won't miss out!)

Outdoor movies: American Pie and See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Happy weekend!